1963 Lancia FlaminiaGT 3C Cabriolet
Year of manufacture1963
The Lancia Flaminia, named after the Via Flaminia, the road leading from Rome to Rimini, was Lancia’s flagship at that time, replacing the Aurelia. Throughout its production, the Flaminia saw various versions as sedans, coupes, and cabriolets. The Flaminia coupe and cabriolet were coachbuilt cars with bodies from several prestigious Italian coachbuilders, including Carrozzeria Touring.
Touring designed and built the aluminum-bodied two-door versions of the Flaminia, which can be easily distinguished by their four-round headlights (rather than two found on Pininfarina-bodied examples), and a shorter cabin. The wheelbase was shortened significantly for the GT and convertible, allowing for just two seats to be fitted, in true GT fashion. In total, only 847 Flaminia 3C 2500 Touring cabriolets were built.
This rare Lancia Flaminia boasts the desirable three dual-throat Weber carburation that feeds its lively 2.5-liter, 140-bhp V-6 engine. The car was also fitted with four-wheel disc brakes from the factory. Although this 3C cabriolet’s early history is unknown, the car is believed to have been delivered new to Germany as it is ¬fitted with an additional German identification plate as well as a kph speedometer. The Touring-designed and built cabriolet has received comprehensive restoration work over the years and was most recently treated with an engine rebuild by Nelson Engines of Cumming, Georgia.
The car’s sumptuous red leather interior appears to have been carefully reupholstered and presents very well. The stylish silver-painted dashboard is accented with handsome Jaeger instruments and a sporty wood-rimmed steering wheel. With tastefully refined styling by Carrozzeria Touring and Lancia’s sophisticated mechanical engineering, this classic cabriolet is a stellar example of mid-century Italian design and elegance.
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